New Event Encourages Healthier Lifestyles in Ames

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AMES, Iowa — A program to  provide a variety of opportunities for physical activity in Ames is gearing up for an event this May.

Healthy Streets, an initiative of Healthiest Ames, will be held May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Main Street Cultural District.

The event is free and open to all ages. It will feature biking, walking, dancing, yoga, zumba, basketball and more.

“We want our events to motivate the Ames community to live a healthier lifestyle through physical activity healthy food choices, chronic disease management, and community connectedness,” Co-Chair of Healthiest Ames, John Shierholz said in a statement. “We were very fortunate to receive the Wellmark grant and we want to be sure to use these funds to better the Ames community through advocacy and action.”

The event grew out of Open Streets, a multi-faceted program that promotes use of public streets for recreation and physical activity. Open Streets events have been held all over the world. U.S. cities that have hosted events including San Antonio, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Portland, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.

This is the first of several Healthy Streets events Healthiest Ames plans for 2015.



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